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Missouri Drug Dealer Accused of Murder After He Uses Facebook to Sell Deadly Dose of Fentanyl: Cops


Dec. 19 2023, Published 10:04 a.m. ET

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A Missouri convicted drug dealer is accused of homicide after he allegedly sold a deadly dose of fentanyl to a customer, authorities said.

Thomas M. Bennett, 47, faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of the alleged victim over three years ago in West Plains.

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According to a probable cause statement obtained by Ozark Radio News, on Sept. 3, 2020, Bennett communicated via Facebook Messenger about delivering drugs to the victim.

The victim then died from what was determined to be an overdose of fentanyl.

Investigators learned about the alleged transaction after executing a search warrant in 2022 and reading the alleged Facebook messages.


Bennett told detectives he had deleted the social media app after he found out about the deadly overdose and unsuccessfully tried to get in touch with the person, the probable cause statement alleges.

At the time of Bennett’s murder arrest, he was already in custody, serving a five-year sentence for drug charges stemming from 2019.


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